Norfolk Tides 14, Charlotte (White Sox) 13
This donnybrook was about as good for the Tides at the plate as it was bad for them on the mound and in the field. Let’s start with the good news. The Tides as a team had 20 hits. Cedric Mullins, Ryan Mountcastle, Chance Sisco, and DJ Stewart all had multi-hit games. Sisco had four hits and drove in five runs, while Stewart drove in two with his three of hits.
Sisco socked his fourth and fifth dingers of the season, including a three-run bomb in the ninth inning to bring the Tides within one. Mullins hit his second homer since being demoted to Norfolk. In the end, shortstop Zach Vincej delivered the walkoff to this barnburner with a single after a wild pitch scored Stewart as the tying run and moved the winning run to second base.
A win is a win, and the Tides will surely take it. However, Tides players committed four errors, with two by Anthony Santander and one by Mountcastle. The errors only led to one unearned run, though, so it’s not why they lost. Keegan Akin limped through 4.2 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks with only three strikeouts. Things did not get much better for Norfolk pitchers from there. The offense just scored enough to make up for it.
Erie (Tigers) 5, Bowie Baysox 1
In an attempt to put an optimistic spin on this game, Bowie’s official Twitter account noted that Erie SeaWolves pitcher Casey Mize, the #1 pick in last June’s draft, had his hitless and scoreless streaks snapped by the Baysox in this game. Mize threw a no-hitter last time around.
I respect the effort to put lipstick on the pig. Baysox batters racked up just three hits in this game and only managed a single walk. Rylan Bannon, playing third base in the game, had a double in four at-bats and is still batting over .300 for the season with a .923 OPS. Baltimore’s own Bruce Zimmermann had a tough outing, giving up all five runs in 3.1 innings of work.
Frederick Keys 5, Lynchburg (Indians) 0 (7 innings - rain)
One of the positive stories on the Orioles farm so far this season has been the performance of 2016 first rounder Cody Sedlock. It’s been an injury-plagued road for the 23-year-old but he’s been thriving so far under the Mike Elias player development regime. The rain gave Sedlock a shortened complete game shutout, with Sedlock allowing just two hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out three batters as well in an 81 pitch outing.
Through five starts, this gives Sedlock a 1.95 ERA in 27.2 innings, with Sedlock allowing a WHIP under 1. If the Orioles rebuilding effort is going to go a little faster and a little less painfully than the MLB team’s performance sometimes makes it seem like it might go, a pitcher like Sedlock reclaiming some prospect shine might be the kind of thing that makes it a little better.
Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Asheville (Rockies) 1
The juggernaut that is the Shorebirds continues to roll through the South Atlantic League. They’re now 22-4 to begin their season. They cannot be stopped. With pitching performances like what the tandem of Drew Rom and Gray Fenter put together on Saturday, it’s no surprise. The two combined for a two-hitter.
Rom, the 2018 fourth rounder, struck out seven batters and allowed just two hits in 4.2 innings before he lost some command and walked the bases loaded. Fenter entered the sticky situation and retired the first batter he faced and cruised for almost the whole rest of the way. Fenter did not surrender a hit in the final 4.1 innings, though he did allow a ninth inning run after the Tourists manufactured a run following one of Fenter’s three walks. He struck out five.
Delmarva batters collected ten hits, with center fielder Nick Horvath and left fielder Robbie Thorburn each having multi-hit games.
Complete box scores from Saturday’s games can be found here.
Sunday’s Scheduled Games
- Norfolk: vs. Charlotte, 1:05. Starter: Luis Ortiz
- Bowie: at Erie, 1:35. Starter: Marcos Molina
- Frederick: at Lynchburg, 3:00. Starter: Brenan Hanifee
- Delmarva: at Asheville, 2:05. Starter: Nick Vespi